Pennsylvanian city close to broke

A $300m incinerator is being blamed for pushing Harrisburg's budget beyond recovery.

    The governor of Pennsylvania, in the US, is close to declaring a financial emergency and has signed a bill giving himself unprecedented power to take financial control of the city of Harrisburg.

    The state's capital city is trying to rescue itself from the fate of similar municipalities - and a $300m debt that could see it financially ruined. But some councillors disagree with the city and state’s rescue plan and have made worldwide headlines by filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

    Al Jazeera's John Terret reports from Harrisburg.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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